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Just south of Highway 50, about midway between Sedalia and Warrensburg, lies an often overlooked gem of the Missouri state park system. Knob Noster State Park is an ideal spot for relaxing and forgetting the cares of the world - even if just for a few hours. The park is an interesting mixture of prairie, savanna and forest, with 3,934 acres lying along both sides of a meandering creek. Several small lakes in the park cater to the fisherman, and non-motorized boats may be used. Picnic sites dot the lakeshore and three open picnic shelters make an ideal place for group get-togethers in a tranquil setting. The outdoor adventurer can enjoy several trails running through the park, including an equestrian and an all-terrain bicycle trail. Budding naturalists will enjoy hiking out to one of the savanna restoration areas and seeking out the many bird species found in the park. Pin Oak Slough Natural Area along Clearfork Creek has been recognized for its unique natural beauty. For visitors wanting to enjoy more than just a few hours here, there is a wooded campground with modern amenities. Two group camps offer outdoor facilities and fun for larger, organized groups.

hiking
6 days ago

Pleasantly surprised by this trail. It's not very well maintained and it's seen it's share of erosion, one can't help but wonder if that was due to mountain bikers biking when it's muddy. Lots of tree roots and loose rock to trip one up, also beware the acorns and walnuts this time of year. We didn't see any deer, but did see a hawk trying to hide from us, heard plenty of birds (songbirds and woodpeckers), and I almost accidentally stepped on a turtle. We stopped and admired it for a bit. The terrain changes in just 2 miles were numerous. It was a beautiful hike, very green and shady in early September. At one point you hike above a gorge with a creek below, at another, grassland, the rest forest. Hikers prone to weak ankles should think of taking poles, due to crumbling rock. Crossed a couple of wooden bridges, and that's always neat. If going in summertime/early autumn, don't forget the bug spray. We did, as we hiked this on a whim after plans changed. We were pestered by large horseflies, gnats, and of course mosquitoes. The trail was VERY well marked, can't say this enough. It was a welcomed/pleasant surprise after getting lost at some state parks previously due to poor trail markings. A++ would hike again. For parents with active kids who like the outdoors, this would be a great hike, especially as the trail starts at the edge of a playground. Thanks, Knobnoster! We'll be back to do the Opossum trail!

mountain biking
7 days ago

mountain biking
10 days ago

mountain biking
14 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

This was a nice walk close to the Knob Noster campground. A quick mile around the lake and saw some really cool mushrooms!

This trail was very well marked. We enjoyed the long hike, had a few big hills. A few downed trees that we could crawl over. Nice and quiet. At the end there is a beautiful piney patch of woods that makes you feel like you're not in Missouri anymore.

mountain biking
20 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Greatest workout

Great trail. Did not complete full loop but took white connectors. Lots and lots of trees down from recent storm. Lots of different kinds of oaks.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Not many pine tree trails around here but there is a small section in McAdoo. It was a nice surprise! My new favorite of all KNSP trails.

trail running
2 months ago

Short and sweet

trail running
2 months ago

Very well maintained, moderate difficulty

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little last minute work out.

hiking
4 months ago